The Reading / Listening - Rice ATMs - Level 6

A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an ingenious idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses rice instead of cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result of the pandemic. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so popular that Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to extend the reach of the ATMs.



Mr Anh explained what was behind his initiative. He told the BBC: "I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus." Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free rice to those in need. People are permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people are appreciative of Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsors keep doing this."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Rice ATMs - Level 4  or  Rice ATMs - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/business-53045955
  • https://e.vnexpress.net/news/life/trend/rice-atms-dispense-hope-to-vietnam-s-poor-4084369.html
  • https://learningenglish.voanews.com/a/in-vietnam-machine-provides-free-rice-to-people-during-coronavirus/5370084.html


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. RICE: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about rice. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       idea / arranged / troubled / lost / result / popular / manufactured / donors / extend /
       initiative / automatic / novel / ton / appreciative / withdraw / news / Internet / believe
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. BREAD: Students A strongly believe bread is better than rice; Students B strongly believe rice is better than bread.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. FREE: What do you think of these things being free on the streets? How useful are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Do You Think?

Usefulness?

Water

 

 

Newspapers

 

 

Tissues

 

 

Bicycles

 

 

Music

 

 

Art

 

 

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5. HUNGRY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hungry". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. VENDING MACHINES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best things to put in a vending machine at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • rice
  • juice
  • newspapers
  • potato chips
  • umbrellas
  • toothpaste
  • gum
  • tissues

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. entrepreneur a. One's means of getting the necessities of life.
      2. ingenious b. The extent or range of effect, impact or influence.
      3. dispense c. A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on financial risks.
      4. troubled d. Clever, original, and inventive.
      5. livelihood e. Showing distress or anxiety.
      6. sponsor f. A person, business or organization who promises to donate money to a charity, team, project, event, etc.
      7. reach g. Supply a product (from a machine).

    Paragraph 2

      8. initiative h. Take out something from somewhere.
      9. invent i. Gave authorization or consent to someone to do something.
      10. curb j. New or unusual in an interesting way.
      11. novel k. An act or strategy intended to resolve a difficulty or improve a situation; a fresh approach to something.
      12. permitted l. Feeling or showing gratitude or pleasure.
      13. withdraw m. Create or design something that has not existed before; be the originator of.
      14. appreciative n. Restrain or keep in check; stop from happening.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. An entrepreneur had an ingenious idea to help hungry people.     T / F
  2. The entrepreneur created an ATM that gave vouchers to swap for rice.     T / F
  3. The ATMs are currently only in Vietnam's capital city.     T / F
  4. The entrepreneur is finding it difficult to find people to help his project.    T / F
  5. The ATMs only work until 10pm.     T / F
  6. The ATMs have dispensed about 3,000 tons of free rice.     T / F
  7. People can take rice out of the ATM two times a day.     T / F
  8. A woman who lost her job said she was disappointed with the ATMs.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. ingenious
  2. dispenses
  3. installed
  4. livelihood
  5. reach
  6. initiative
  7. ongoing
  8. permitted
  9. appreciative
  10. sponsors
  1. continuing
  2. situated
  3. backers
  4. range
  5. allowed
  6. creative
  7. source of income
  8. grateful for
  9. hands out
  10. plan

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. come up with an
  2. an ATM that dispenses rice
  3. He arranged for the ATMs to
  4. five million people lost
  5. allowing him to extend the
  6. Mr Anh explained what was
  7. free rice for people out
  8. permitted to "withdraw"
  9. people are appreciative
  10. I came to check
  1. be installed on streets
  2. behind his initiative
  3. it out
  4. instead of cash
  5. of Mr Anh's efforts
  6. reach of the ATMs
  7. 1.5kg of rice twice a day
  8. ingenious idea
  9. of work
  10. their livelihoods

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
dispenses
installed
livelihoods
extend
ingenious
donors
troubled
popular

A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an (1) ____________ idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that (2) ____________ rice instead of cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was (3) ____________ by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their (4) ____________ as a result of the pandemic. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so (5) ____________ that Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and (6) ____________. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and (7) ____________ have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to (8) ____________ the reach of the ATMs.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ongoing
permitted
behind
sponsors
estimated
check
invent
appreciative

Mr Anh explained what was (9) ____________ his initiative. He told the BBC: "I wanted to (10) ____________ a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an (11) ____________ nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus." Mr Anh (12) ____________ that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free rice to those in need. People are (13) ____________ to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people are (14) ____________ of Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to (15) ____________ it out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the (16) ____________ keep doing this."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with ______
     a.  an in genuine ideal
     b.  an in-genie as idea
     c.  an ingenious eye dear
     d.  an ingenious idea
2)  Mr Anh said he was troubled by the number of ______
     a.  people gone hungry
     b.  people gone  hungrily
     c.  people go in hunger
     d.  people going hungry
3)  An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods ______
     a.  was a result
     b.  has a result
     c.  as a result
     d.  ass a result
4)  Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured ______
     a.  end distilled
     b.  an installed
     c.  and installed
     d.  and distilled
5)  offered to help fund his project, allowing him to extend ______ the ATMs
     a.  the breach of
     b.  the reach of
     c.  the retch of
     d.  the reach off

6)  Mr Anh explained what was ______
     a.  be kind his initiation
     b.  beyond his initiative
     c.  behest his initiation
     d.  behind his initiative
7)  invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine ______
     a.  provide din free rice
     b.  provide in free rice
     c.  providing free rice
     d.  prove ad-free rice
8)  following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread ______ coronavirus
     a.  of the novelist
     b.  of the novella
     c.  of the novel
     d.  of the novels
9) permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people ______
     a.  are appreciative
     b.  are appreciation
     c.  are appreciate
     d.  are appreciate I've
10)  it came out of the ATM. I really hope the ______ this
     a.  sponsors keep do in
     b.  sponsor scoop doing
     c.  sponsor scape do wing
     d.  sponsors keep doing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A Vietnamese entrepreneur has (1) ___________________ an ingenious idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses rice (2) ___________________. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was troubled by the number of people (3) ___________________ losing their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result (4) ___________________. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so popular that Anh is (5) ___________________ to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to (6) ___________________ of the ATMs.

Mr Anh explained what was (7) ___________________. He told the BBC: "I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people (8) ___________________ following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus." Mr Anh estimated that his machines (9) ___________________ 3,000 tons of free rice to those in need. People are permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people (10) ___________________ Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I (11) ___________________ it out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the (12) ___________________ this."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of idea did the article say the entrepreneur had?
  2. Where in Vietnam were the ATMs installed?
  3. How many people lost their jobs in Vietnam because of the pandemic?
  4. What is the entrepreneur arranging to have manufactured?
  5. What will more sponsors allow the entrepreneur to extend the reach of?
  6. What hours are the ATMs in operation?
  7. How much rice has been dispensed by the ATMs?
  8. How often can people withdraw rice from the ATMs?
  9. Who was appreciative of the entrepreneur's efforts?
  10. What did a woman say she could not believe?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kind of idea did the article say the entrepreneur had?
a) a novel idea
b) a sudden idea
c) an ingenious idea
d) a crazy idea
2) Where in Vietnam were the ATMs installed?
a) across Vietnam
b) in the capital city
c) in rural areas
d) next to farms
3) How many people lost their jobs in Vietnam because of the pandemic?
a) around five million
b) over five million
c) exactly five million
d) fewer than five million
4) What is the entrepreneur arranging to have manufactured?
a) rice cookers
b) more ATMs
c) portable snack bars
d) a rice tester
5) What will more sponsors allow the entrepreneur to extend the reach of?
a) his businesses
b) his arms
c) rice
d) the ATMs

6) What hours are the ATMs in operation?
a) nine to five
b) 24 hours a day
c) 12 hours a day
d) from nine to nine
7) How much rice has been dispensed by the ATMs?
a) around 3,000 tons
b) over 5,000 tons
c) 30,000 tons
d) nearly 1,000 tons
8) How often can people withdraw rice from the ATMs?
a) once a day
b) once a week
c) twice a day
d) twice a week
9) Who was appreciative of the entrepreneur's efforts?
a) a child
b) a farmer
c) Vietnam's government
d) a woman who lost her job
10) What did a woman say she could not believe?
a) rice coming out of the ATM
b) the rice was free
c) the quality of the rice
d) the taste of the rice

Role play

Role  A – Rice
You think rice is the best thing to put in vending machines. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): newspapers, gum or tissues.

Role  B – Newspapers
You think newspapers are the best things to put in vending machines. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): rice, gum or tissues.

Role  C – Gum
You think gum is the best thing to put in vending machines. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): newspapers, rice or tissues.

Role  D – Tissues
You think tissues are the best things to put in vending machines. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): newspapers, gum or rice.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'rice'

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  • and 'ATM'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • idea
    • instead
    • troubled
    • result
    • popular
    • reach
    • behind
    • work
    • estimated
    • withdraw
    • lost
    • check




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Rice ATMs

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'rice'?
    3. What do you know about rice?
    4. What do you think of entrepreneurs?
    5. What do you think of the free-rice ATM idea?
    6. What kind of free ATMs does your country need?
    7. How ingenious is the free-rice ATM?
    8. How has the pandemic changed your life?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    10. What advice do you have for Mr Hoang?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'ATM'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of rice?
    5. What else can businesses do for needy people?
    6. When was the last time you appreciated someone's help?
    7. How important is rice?
    8. What can the world do to make sure people have food?
    9. When was the last time you got something for free?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Mr Hoang?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an (1) ____ idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses rice (2) ____ of cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was troubled (3) ____ the number of people going hungry after (4) ____ their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result of the pandemic. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so (5) ____ that Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that other businesses, sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to (6) ____ the reach of the ATMs.

    Mr Anh explained what was behind his initiative. He told the BBC: "I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic (7) ____ machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to (8) ____ the spread of the novel coronavirus." Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free rice to (9) ____ in need. People are permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people are (10) ____ of Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it (11) ____, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsors (12) ____ doing this."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     ingenious     (b)     injurious     (c)     ingenuity     (d)     angina    
    2. (a)     rather     (b)     prefer     (c)     instead     (d)     place    
    3. (a)     of     (b)     to     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    4. (a)     loser     (b)     lost     (c)     loses     (d)     losing    
    5. (a)     popularity     (b)     populace     (c)     popular     (d)     populated    
    6. (a)     extent     (b)     extend     (c)     extreme     (d)     extant    
    7. (a)     harvesting     (b)     dispensing     (c)     compensation     (d)     partition    
    8. (a)     club     (b)     curb     (c)     crib     (d)     carb    
    9. (a)     them     (b)     their     (c)     those     (d)     they're    
    10. (a)     repetitive     (b)     immediate     (c)     lifesaving     (d)     appreciative    
    11. (a)     round     (b)     over     (c)     up     (d)     out    
    12. (a)     save     (b)     hold on     (c)     retain     (d)     keep

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  designed an ATM that dispenses rice instead of cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed
    (...)  Mr Anh explained what was behind his initiative. He told the BBC: "I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing
    (...)  livelihoods as a result of the pandemic. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so popular that Anh is
    (...)  hungry after losing their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their
    (...)  on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was troubled by the number of people going
    (...)  sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to extend the reach of the ATMs.
    (...)  out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsors keep doing this."
    (...)  her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it
    (...)  arranging for more to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that other businesses,
    1  ) A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an ingenious idea to help hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh
    (...)  a day. Many people are appreciative of Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently lost
    (...)  of free rice to those in need. People are permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice
    (...)  spread of the novel coronavirus." Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons
    (...)  machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. idea   an   with   Come   to   help   .   ingenious   up
    2. dispenses   that   ATM   rice   of   instead   An   cash   .
    3. of   Troubled   the   people   going   number   hungry   .   by
    4. estimated   livelihoods   .   five   lost   million   An   people   their
    5. of   him   Allowing   reach   ATMs   .   the   extend   to
    6. initiative   .   what   Anh   explained   behind   Mr   his   was
    7. invented   24/7   machine   .   He   automatic   dispensing   a
    8. for   out   free   Providing   rice   work   .   of   people
    9. appreciative   efforts   .   people   of   Mr   Anh's   are   Many
    10. the   really   I   sponsors   hope   this   .   doing   keep

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A Vietnamese entrepreneur has come down / up with an ingenious idea to help hunger / hungry people in Vietnam. Businessman Hoang Tuan Anh designed an ATM that dispenses / expenses rice instead of / for cash. He arranged for the ATMs to be installed on streets in cities across Vietnam. Mr Anh said he was cautioned / troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing / lost their jobs in the coronavirus. An estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result to / of the pandemic. The "free-rice ATMs" have become so popular / populace that Anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and installed. He told reporters that another / other businesses, sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project, allowing him to extend the reach / extend of the ATMs.

    Mr Anh explained what was before / behind his initiative. He told the BBC: "I wanted to invent a 24/7 automatic dispensing machine reviving / providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockup / lockdown to curb the spread of the book / novel coronavirus." Mr Anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3,000 tons of free / freely rice to those in / on need. People are permitted to "withdraw" 1.5kg of rice twice a day. Many people are appreciated / appreciative of Mr Anh's efforts. A mother who recently / recent lost her job told the Reuters news agency: "I read about this rice ATM on the Internet. I came to check it up / out, and couldn't believe it came out of the ATM. I really hope the sponsorship / sponsors keep doing this."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    A   V__ t n_m_s_ _n t r_p r_n__ r   h_s   c_m_ _p   w_t h  _n  _n g_n___s  _d__   t_  h_l p   h_n g r y   p__ p l_ _n   V__ t n_m .   B_s_n_s s m_n   H__ n g   T__ n   A n h   d_s_g n_d  _n   A T M   t h_t   d_s p_n s_s   r_c_ _n s t__ d  _f   c_s h .   H_ _r r_n g_d   f_r   t h_  A T M s   t_  b_ _n s t_l l_d  _n   s t r__ t s  _n   c_t__ s  _c r_s s   V__ t n_m .   M r   A n h   s__ d   h_  w_s   t r__ b l_d   b y   t h_  n_m b_r  _f   p__ p l_  g__ n g   h_n g r y  _f t_r   l_s_n g   t h__ r   j_b s  _n   t h_  c_r_n_v_r_s .   A n  _s t_m_t_d   f_v_  m_l l__ n   p__ p l_  l_s t   t h__ r   l_v_l_h__ d s  _s  _  r_s_l t  _f   t h_  p_n d_m_c .   T h_  " f r__ - r_c_  A T M s "   h_v_  b_c_m_  s_  p_p_l_r   t h_t   A n h  _s  _r r_n g_n g   f_r   m_r_  t_  b_  m_n_f_c t_r_d  _n d  _n s t_l l_d .   H_  t_l d   r_p_r t_r s   t h_t  _t h_r   b_s_n_s s_s ,   s p_n s_r s  _n d   d_n_r s   h_v_ _f f_r_d   t_  h_l p   f_n d   h_s   p r_j_c t ,  _l l_w_n g   h_m   t_ _x t_n d   t h_  r__ c h  _f   t h_  A T M s .

    M r   A n h  _x p l__ n_d   w h_t   w_s   b_h_n d   h_s  _n_t__ t_v_.   H_  t_l d   t h_  B B C :   " I   w_n t_d   t_ _n v_n t  _  2 4 / 7  __ t_m_t_c   d_s p_n s_n g   m_c h_n_  p r_v_d_n g   f r__   r_c_  f_r   p__ p l_ __ t  _f   w_r k   f_l l_w_n g  _n  _n g__ n g   n_t__ n w_d_  l_c k d_w n   t_  c_r b   t h_  s p r__ d  _f   t h_  n_v_l   c_r_n_v_r_s . "   M r   A n h  _s t_m_t_d   t h_t   h_s   m_c h_n_s   h_v_  d_s p_n s_d  _r__ n d   3 , 0 0 0   t_n s  _f   f r__   r_c_  t_  t h_s_ _n   n__ d .   P__ p l_ _r_  p_r m_t t_d   t_  " w_t h d r_w "   1 . 5 k g  _f   r_c_  t w_c_ _  d_y .   M_n y   p__ p l_ _r_ _p p r_c__ t_v_ _f   M r   A n h ' s  _f f_r t s .   A   m_t h_r   w h_  r_c_n t l y   l_s t   h_r   j_b   t_l d   t h_  R__ t_r s   n_w s  _g_n c y :   " I   r__ d  _b__ t   t h_s   r_c_  A T M  _n   t h_  I n t_r n_t .   I   c_m_  t_  c h_c k  _t  __ t ,  _n d   c__ l d n ' t   b_l__ v_ _t   c_m_ __ t  _f   t h_  A T M .   I   r__ l l y   h_p_  t h_  s p_n s_r s   k__ p   d__ n g   t h_s . "

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a vietnamese entrepreneur has come up with an ingenious idea to help hungry people in vietnam businessman hoang tuan anh designed an atm that dispenses rice instead of cash he arranged for the atms to be installed on streets in cities across vietnam mr anh said he was troubled by the number of people going hungry after losing their jobs in the coronavirus an estimated five million people lost their livelihoods as a result of the pandemic the freerice atms have become so popular that anh is arranging for more to be manufactured and installed he told reporters that other businesses sponsors and donors have offered to help fund his project allowing him to extend the reach of the atms

    mr anh explained what was behind his initiative he told the bbc i wanted to invent a 247 automatic dispensing machine providing free rice for people out of work following an ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus mr anh estimated that his machines have dispensed around 3000 tons of free rice to those in need people are permitted to withdraw 15kg of rice twice a day many people are appreciative of mr anhs efforts a mother who recently lost her job told the reuters news agency i read about this rice atm on the internet i came to check it out and couldnt believe it came out of the atm i really hope the sponsors keep doing

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AVietnameseentrepreneurhascomeupwithaningeniousideatohelph
    ungrypeopleinVietnam.BusinessmanHoangTuanAnhdesignedanAT
    Mthatdispensesriceinsteadofcash.HearrangedfortheATMstobeinstal
    ledonstreetsincitiesacrossVietnam.MrAnhsaidhewastroubledbythe
    numberofpeoplegoinghungryafterlosingtheirjobsinthecoronavirus.
    Anestimatedfivemillionpeoplelosttheirlivelihoodsasaresultofthepan
    demic.The"free-riceATMs"havebecomesopopularthatAnhisarrangi
    ngformoretobemanufacturedandinstalled.Hetoldreportersthatother
    businesses,sponsorsanddonorshaveofferedtohelpfundhisproject,all
    owinghimtoextendthereachoftheATMs.MrAnhexplainedwhatwasbe
    hindhisinitiative.HetoldtheBBC:"Iwantedtoinventa24/7automaticdi
    spensingmachineprovidingfreericeforpeopleoutofworkfollowingano
    ngoingnationwidelockdowntocurbthespreadofthenovelcoronavirus.
    "MrAnhestimatedthathismachineshavedispensedaround3,000tons
    offreericetothoseinneed.Peoplearepermittedto"withdraw"1.5kgofri
    cetwiceaday.ManypeopleareappreciativeofMrAnh'sefforts.Amother
    whorecentlylostherjobtoldtheReutersnewsagency:"Ireadaboutthisr
    iceATMontheInternet.Icametocheckitout,andcouldn'tbelieveitcame
    outoftheATM.Ireallyhopethesponsorskeepdoingthis."

    Free writing

    Write about atm for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Businesses need to spend more time on money on helping communities. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. RICE: Make a poster about rice. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. ATMs: Write a magazine article about putting free rice ATMs in the streets of every country. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on rice. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on rice. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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